UK Sport Chair named in Power ListSubscribe
Grace Cullen 12 February 2013
UK Sport Chair Baroness Sue Campbell has been named on the BBC Radio Four Woman’s Hour Power List 2013.
A panel of judges compiled the list of the country's 100 most influential females, which was topped by the Queen.
Only the top 20 were ranked, with Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport Maria Miller named number 17 on the list.
The judging panel was made up of author and journalist Eve Pollard, who chaired the group, Conservative MP Priti Patel, presenter and writer Dawn O'Porter, Labour peer Baroness Oona King, award-winning novelist Val McDermid and former Woman's Hour editor Jill Burridge.
Including Baroness Campbell, five women from the world of sport made the list; broadcaster Clare Balding, former Paralympic champion Baroness Tanni Grey-Thompson, non-executive director of the Football Association Heather Rabbatts and Vice-Chair of West Ham United Karren Brady.
Baroness Sue Campbell CBE was initially appointed as Reform Chair of UK Sport in September 2003 for an 18-month term, succeeding Sir Rodney Walker. In March 2009, she was confirmed as UK Sport's Chair for a further four year term. A former England netball international, lecturer at the University of Loughborough and Chief Executive of the National Coaching Foundation, Sue is also Chair of the Youth Sport Trust. She received an MBE in 1991 and a CBE in 2003 and was appointed to the House of Lords to serve as a Crossbench Peer in 2008.
She led the organisation through the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games, where Great Britain won 65 and 120 medals respectively, with both Team GB and ParalympicsGB finishing third in the medal table.
More recently Baroness Campbell has overseen the investment of a record £347m of National Lottery and Exchequer funding into Olympic and Paralympic sport for the four-year Rio 2016 cycle.
Baroness Sue Campbell said: “It is an honour to be named by BBC Radio Four as part of their Woman’s Hour Power List for 2013, alongside so many influential and inspiring women.
“I feel privileged to have worked in high performance sport at such a significant time for the UK, and London 2012 was undoubtedly one of the highlights of my career. With a record investment in Olympic and Paralympic sport over the next four years, we should all feel very excited about what we can achieve in the future.
“My passion for school sport is equal to that at the elite level. Through the work of the Youth Sport Trust, of which I am proudly the Chair, we are increasing PE and school sport opportunities for young people and giving them the very best sporting start in life.”
Alice Feinstein, editor of Woman's Hour, said: "In their search the panel considered thousands of inspirational, accomplished women who are leaders in their fields. Their top 100 women are the ones who have the power to bring about change in 2013 - not just the truly brilliant."
View the full list here.